Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner is a Brooklyn-based composer, guitarist, and curator. He is primarily known as a member of the Grammy Award-nominated band The National and has made a name for himself as an acclaimed composer, working with some of the world’s most creative and respected musicians. Dessner's recent commissions include pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland, the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet, and the new music ensemble eighth blackbird, among others. The first recordings of Dessner's compositions, performed by Kronos, were released on the 2013 album Aheym (Anti-) and feature the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing “Tour Eiffel,” a piece the ensemble commissioned him to write for “Tell the Way.” In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics released St. Carolyn by the Sea; Suite from There Will Be Blood, which features three of Dessner's orchestral works performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic and conducted by Andre de Ridder. Dessner is also the founder and artistic director of the annual MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, which just presented its ninth season. In addition, Dessner and his brother Aaron produced the Red Hot Organization’s extensive AIDS charity compilation, Dark was the Night, which has raised over two million dollars for AIDS charities. He is a composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Dessner’s previous appearances at BAM have been The Long Count (2009 Next Wave) and he and his brother Aaron are the co-founders of BAM’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music and film festival in 2012 and 2013.